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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1957), Moscow URS, rd 18, Apr-18
French Defense: Winawer Variation. Winckelmann-Riemer Gambit (C15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  wwall: If 52...Kxc5, then 53.Kg5 Kd4 (43...b5 54.Kxh5 b4 55.Kg5 a3 56.h5 Be6 57.h6 wins for White) 54.Kxh5 Kxe5 55.Kg6 Kxd6 56.Bf4+ Kd5 57.h5 a3 58.h6 a2 59.Be5 Kxe5 60.h7 Be6 61.h8=Q+ Ke4 62.Qh1+ Ke3 63.Kf6 Bc4 64.Kxf5 Kd2 65.Qa1 Kc2 66.Ke4 Bg8 and perhaps Black can draw this.

If 60.c6?, then 60...bxc6 61.Bb2 Kd3 62.Bc1 Kc2 63.Ba3 Kb3 64.Bc5 a3 65.Bxa3 Kxa3 66.Kg5 Kb4 67.Kf6 Kc5 68.Ke7 Kd5 69.d7 Bxd7 70.Kxd7 Kxe5 71.Kxc6 f4 wins for Black.

If 62.Kg5?, then 62...Kxe5 63.Bb2+ Kd5 64.Ba3 Kc4 65.Kf4 (65.Kxh5 f4 wins) 65...Kb3 66.Bc1 a3 67.Be3 Kc3 68.Ke5 a2 69.Bd4+ Kc4 70.c6 Bxc6 71.Ba1 Kb3 72.Kxf5 Kc2 73.Kg5 Kb1 74.Bd4 b5 should win for Black.

Apr-24-11  bronkenstein: Interesting strategical moment happened after white played 23. h4 . I was wondering , why didn´t Botvinnik simply grab the d6 pawn ?

I started checking tactics in the position , lines like 23. ... K:d6 24. <Bf4+> e5 25. <0-0-0+> Kc6 26.<R:g2 ?> R:g2 27. Bg3 <Rg8> and black is prolly winning ... Then i tried lines like 23... K:d6 24. <0-0-0+> Kc6 25. h5!? <Rg4> 26. d6 ? <Bf3> , and white has nothing .

Tactics! Bleh ! Typical me ... The strategical key to this position is different colored bishops endgame that is soon to come . Check the position after , lessay , move 40 . White has ´decorative´ totally blocked and harmless central pawns (remember d6 ? ;), while black created dangerous passed pawns on A and F lines , being the only one with chances to win .

I recommend Kotov vs Botvinnik, 1955 , as very instructive example of how important far separated passers are in different coloured bishops endings , check it from 59. ...g5 ! untill the end . Absolute Classic :)

Dec-20-17  Mazymetric: After final position, Botvinnik gives the following variation: 62...Be6 63.Ba3 Bc8 64.Bc1 Kd4 65.Ba3 Kd3 66.Bb2 Kc2 and now Botvinnik analyses 67.Bd4 Kb3! which at first he thought was winning for Black, until Euwe and Konstantinopolsky in a very complicated analysis showed that white could defend after all.

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